Where have we ended up today, Mr. Peabody? The Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda, Sherman. The sailors of this era were very confident of their skills. Notice the two in the canoe, they appear out for a day of picnicking. Nary a worry of getting wet.
You know Sherman, I get mighty parched after bouncing around the space-time thingy. So I need an adult refreshment, I hope they know how to make a Manhattan.
On the tiny isolated island of Taumako, located in the eastern fringe of the Solomon Islands, live about 500 people who build and sail traditional voyaging canoes in the way of the ancient Polynesians. To learn more about them, go to the Pacific Traditions website.
The Paraw is a double outrigger sail boat found in the Philippines. The paraw is similar to a proa, however, the paraw has two outrigger(s) or katig. With a fresh breeze, and an Ilonggo at the helm, the paraw is a strikingly fast boat, making 20 to 30 kph through the waves.
If you live in Southeast Asia, take a trip to the Philippines and see the amazing Iloilo Paraw Regatta starting February 13th.
The Maltese Falcon... 279' long, wow. Click to view slide show. You might be impressed by the yacht, but I'm impressed bythe amount of time it must have taken to design this yacht; all the myriad details of this huge beautiful complicated thing. And I ask myself, how did the owner (Tom Perkins) make time for this? The whole idea of leisure time - whether spent doing nothing, or spent doing something like designing one's yacht - is strange, alien.
..ebbene sì.. ..nonostante tutto ancora preferisco le regate sulle derive alla crociera.. ..ed i toast alla piastra anzichè "fritti".. ..e adesso, per ri-bilanciare il karma di questa colonna.. ..qui sotto una video-markettona vetero-nazionalista-buonista-finto-ecologista tanto ben confezionata quanto straziante..
I'm not going to name names because what happens on the boat stays on the boat. Or something like that. I even have photographic evidence but am holding that in my special blackmail folder I keep on all people that I know (or know about). But I do have to tell the story.